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The Best Lousy Choice: An Ed Earl Burch Novel

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Dallas private eye Ed Earl Burch is an emotional wreck, living on the edge of madness, hosing down the nightmares of his last case with bourbon and Percodan, dreading the next onslaught of demons that haunt his days and nights, including a one-eyed dead man who still wants to carve out his heart and eat it.

Burch is also a walking contradiction. Steady and relentless when w
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Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Spotted Mule Press
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Col
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dallas private eye Ed Earl Burch is an emotional wreck, living on the edge of madness, hosing down the nightmares of his last case with bourbon and Percodan, dreading the next onslaught of demons that haunt his days and nights, including a one-eyed dead man who still wants to carve out his heart and eat it.

Burch is also a walking contradiction. Steady and relentless when working a case. Tormented and unbalanced when idle. He’s deeply in debt to a shyster lawyer who forces him
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Linda Strong
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Ed Earl Burch is a unique kind of guy. He's a former Homicide Detective, now a Private Investigator. Ghosts from prior victims, including an ax-wife and a partner, keep him company every night. About the only thing that keeps them at bay are alcohol mixed with Percodan.

But when he's working, he's sharp as a tack and his body doesn't hurt as much. The nightmares fade into the night.

When an older rancher and war hero is found burned to a crisp in his barn, the man's cousin hires Burch to investiga
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R.G. Belsky
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ed Earl Burch is a terrific hard-boiled character – a beaten up, beleaguered, boozing ex-cop who also happens to be one helluva detective.

In Jim Nesbitt’s THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE (the third in the series) Burch is still having nightmares from the near-brush with death in his last big case. Working as a private investigator in 1989 Dallas, he’s forced to take cases he doesn’t want to pay off a big debt to a shylock. One of them – which at first seems to be just a normal divorce case – quickly explo
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Kevintipple
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Best Lousy Choice: An Ed Earl Burch Novel begins with Ed Earl Burch hurting in more ways than one. Demons haunt his dreams and are a specter barely unseen during his waking hours. Narcotics and lots of whisky keep things a little bit at bay, though working is what works best for the private investigator that was once many years ago, a Dallas Homicide Detective, who believed in the law and that justice would rule the day. Burch knows better now and has the many physical and mental scars to sh ...more
Michael Ludden
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ed Earl Burch is former Dallas cop with bad knees, an unhealthy attitude and a seemingly unquenchable thirst for guns, booze and women.

If he were on the high seas, he'd be a pirate. But this book isn't about plunder. It's about survival. And Burch is fighting long odds.

Called in to investigate the murder of a rancher, he's up against a vicious cartel and a corrupt sheriff. And they are not alone. There are others who want Burch dead and they are frighteningly good at what they do.

In his third
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Baron R. Birtcher
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JIM NESBITT’S BEST LOUSY CHOICE BRISTLES WITH SO MUCH REALISTIC TEXAS GRIT, YOU’LL HAVE TO EMPTY OUT YOUR BOOTS WHEN YOU FINISH READING

Suffice to say, that The Best Lousy Choice brings all of author Jim Nesbitt’s considerable talents to bear and puts them on display in crisp, wide-angled focus.

It is Texas, 1989, and Ed Earl Burch, the self-described de-frocked cop and walking paradox is back. A man both clever and intelligent, he also possesses a timeless Western-style sense of justice, unburden
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Rich Zahradnik
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
West Texas is a harsh mistress. She’ll snake-bite you, shoot you, stampede you. Or-plain-old burn you up inside your own barn. Jim Nesbitt brings these dangers and the beauty of this harsh land to life in “The Best Lousy Choice,” the third book in his series featuring private eye Ed Earl Burch. Burch is the perfect character for mystery readers seeking hardboiled stories, more bad guys than good and unrelenting action. Nesbitt’s confident writing carries the reader through a tale of drug traffic ...more
Lorraine
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, thriller
This third crime thriller in the Ed Earl Burch series is an interesting and gripping thrill ride.

Dallas PI, Ed Earl Burch, keeps his nightmares at bay with whisky, Percodan, and work. He takes jobs he doesn't want to keep a loan shark off his back. His latest assignment turns from an easy divorce case to a dangerous hunt for the killer of Texan Rancher, Bart Hulett. There's no end of people who wanted Bart dead, and as Burch investigates, those same people want him dead too.

Burch is a hard-nosed
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John Davis
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Take another plunge with Ed Earl Burch into the badlands of a tough, corrupt West Texas county where violence is a virtue and truth is hard to find. Nesbitt makes you feel the hard, dry heat rising from the high desert rocks and the sharp thorns of the twisted scrub. You’ll find yourself in a land where the mysteries come like unexpected thunderstorms and the double-cross should be the brand of many a ranch. You’ll meet hard-bitten characters with secrets they murderously protect. As with all of
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Carmen Amato
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ed Earl Burch is up to his eyeballs in trouble again and every option—when he has one—is lousier than the one before. Hired to get some salacious photos to help a woman with a philandering husband, he ends up in the middle of a range war. Helped along by the various women in his life, a scheming attorney, a narco assassin, and a rancher who is even more hard-boiled than Ed Earl, he will uncover a nasty land-grabbing scheme and a family destined to remain forever divided.

The book is raw, lusty, r
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Jim Nesbitt
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For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt was a roving correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling de
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